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Landlord Reportedly Forced To Pay Tenants Because He Didn't Take Off Shoes In Home

Across America and Europe, there is an enormous undercurrent of tension in regards to Muslim immigration. Now, a landlord from Canada is making headlines after being forced to pay $12,000 because he walked into his tenant’s Islamic prayer room while wearing shoes.

The landlord, a Nigerian immigrant and father named John Alabi, lives in Brampton, Ontario, and he was stunned to receive a court mandated fine, amounting to two payments of $6000 plus interest.

Twenty-two years ago, Mr. Alabi immigrated to Canada and forged a life as a travel agent and landlord. To support his wife and three children, Mr. Alabi relies on the income from renting out an apartment he owns. When two of Mr. Alabi’s tenants, Heba Ismail and Walid Hadkour, informed their landlord that they would be moving out of his apartment in a few months, Mr. Alabi began showing the apartment to prospective tenants. However, Heba and Walid quickly became concerned about Mr. Alabi showing the apartment to other people, asking him to contact them 24 hours before bringing anyone to the apartment.

Heba and Walid also asked their landlord if he could give the couple one hour’s notice if he was coming to the apartment for any other reason. As practicing Muslins, Heba and Walid were worried that Mr. Alabi would interrupt their prayer and Heba was also worried that Mr. Alabi would see her when she wasn’t wearing her hijab. According to some sources, Heba and Walid had already complained to Mr. Alabi about wearing shoes in their prayer room, asking him to go barefoot when he walked in that part of the house.

When Mr. Alabi wore boots in their prayer room again, the couple decided to call the authorities, telling police that they felt harassed and discriminate in their own home. After telling their story to a judge, Heba and Walid were able to secure a hearing in front of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

After deciding to fine Mr. Alabi, Jo-Anne Pickel, the tribunal adjudicator, denied the landlord’s claims that his tenants were trying to impose their culture and religion on him, saying: “Unfortunately, attempts by Muslims to practice their faith have increasingly been interpreted as an attempt to impose their way of life on others. There was absolutely no evidence that the applicants’ requests for additional notice and for the removal of shoes in this case were an attempt by them to impose their way of life on the respondent or anyone else. Far from seeking to impose their way of life on anyone, the applicants were merely making simple requests for the accommodation of their religious practices.”

Mr. Alabi remains outraged by the decision and, with the help of ‘The Rebel’, he is raising money to place a Request for Reconsideration with the Divisional Court and Appeals. “I was humiliated, I was made to feel I have no rights, I was made to feel that I’m not wanted in society, I feel powerless. They rented my place for only two months. Two months! It’s just not fair," declared the outraged landlord.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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